WEBSTER CITY - Kasey Adams doesn't mess around with her first serves, and she's rewarded with plenty of easy points when she finds her target.
But Adams, Webster City's No. 1 singles player, needed to 100 percent accurate with her weapon to stand a chance yesterday at the WCHS courts. The same went for every one of her Lynx teammates.
Facing a formidable opponent with experience on its side, the Lynx were caught in the deep end of the pool without life jackets as they dropped a dual meet to Boone, 9-0.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City freshman Lynne Chalfant comes forward and smacks a forehand back at Boone’s Holly Plummer in the No. 6 singles match yesterday at the WCHS courts. Chalfant won the first game, but Plummer was in control the remainder of the way in a 10-2 victory. The Toreadors swept all nine matches in the meet.
"You could tell (Boone) has played a lot more meets than we have and I think that definitely hurt us," WCHS head coach Heather Kierzek said after her squad slipped to 1-2 on the season. "You can practice and practice and practice, but it's not the same once you get into a meet."
The Toreadors captured 60 of 75 games during the six singles matches, which were played under a pro-set system to 10. They didn't have too many problems in sweeping the three doubles matches either.
Confidence, Kierzek says, is a word she stressed to her players following the meet and she'll continue to key in on it as the Lynx go forward.
At WCHS Courts
Boone 9, Webster City 0
Kelli Greiner (B) def. Kasey Adams 10-3; Courtney Foster (B) def. Cambria Hoffmann 10-5; Alaina Hammer (B) def. Ariel Clabaugh 10-1; Olivia Thiel (B) def. Kelsey Bahrenfuss 10-2; Amy Feldmann (B) def. Abbey Groves 10-2; Holly Plummer (B) def. Lynne Chalfant 10-2.
Greiner/Foster (B) def. Adams/Hoffmann 10-5; Hammer/Thiel (B) def. Clabaugh/Bahrenfuss 10-2; Feldmann/Plummer (B) def. Groves/Nichole Goodrich 10-4.
"We talked a lot about confidence and playing with confidence afterwards," she said. "We've come up against a lot of tough teams, so that's frustrating for the girls, but they are capable of playing at that level. They just have to believe they can play at that level."
Adams, a senior, rifled a number of first serves by a lunging Kelli Greiner in the battle of team leaders at the start of the meet. But Greiner feasted on Adams' second serve with an array of topspin forehands that caught the lines, and the Boone junior also had a strong enough serve to keep Adams guessing in a 10-3 victory.
"Kasey played well," Kierzek said. "She's pretty confident (with her serve), and lately it's been on, so that's a good thing."
Cambria Hoffmann, Webster City's No. 2 singles player, stayed in contention the longest before finally succumbing to a 10-5 defeat at the hands of Courtney Foster. Like Greiner, Foster ripped forehands and backhands with spin and all Hoffmann could do for much of the match was chip shots back across the net.
Boone dropped just one or two games in each of the final four singles matches.
The schedule will continue to be difficult for WCHS today when it travels to Huxley for a make-up dual with Ballard. On Thursday, the Lynx will head to Fort Dodge to face St. Edmond.